Taking an ounce of inspiration from Manda's families many adventures, our family decided that we too should enjoy the great outdoors in our own backyard. Our journey didn't seem to have any children getting sick, us getting lost or war wounds to show the next day (sorry)!
Makapu'u is a very family friendly trail (2 miles) that takes you up to the top of a mountain where there is an incredible look-out and a small lighthouse. To our Hawaii friends, guess what...they added a parking lot that takes you directly to the paved portion of the hike!!! No more parking on the side of Kalanianaole!
Our friends, the Brady's had taken their two young 'uns on this trek not too long ago and assured us that it was great for the kids, as long as you go early in the morning. They were right! It was fantastic. The Olsen's joined us in the morning and we took the leisurely stroll up the mountain. The cool breeze was with us the whole time. Connor walked a small portion, and rode Todd's shoulders the rest of the way up and I carried Abi in the front pack (we traded kids on the way down).
From the distance, you can see Molokai. Whale season is over, so we didn't get to see any of those, or "sharks" as Connor kept trying to find them. We didn't make it down to the lighthouse, but you can see it in the pics (the quality is nothing like Brooke's, but you can get the general idea of the beauty).
Our two little munchkins were wonderful and adorable the whole way. Abi kept squealing in delight and Connor kept singing to himself or jabbering. What a wonderful way to spend our Saturday morning. Thanks for the inspiration, Amanda! I hope that our family will keep taking these little adventures (as you can see, my body can use the work right now).